Major Kumud Dogra lost her husband Wing Commander D Vats in an Indian Air Force plane crash on 15 February. Her daughter is five days old and will never get to see her father. Notwithstanding the grief that comes with loss, Major Dogra attended her husband's funeral in full Army uniform with her newborn cradled in her arms. People on social media, and the country at large, cannot stop praising the officer's courage.
An image of the Dogra, walking in with her baby in her arms, to pay her last tributes to her husband is doing the rounds on social media. People are flooding the internet with praise and appreciation for the strong woman, and love for her baby.
This army officer’s photo with her newborn at her husband’s funeral left everyone teary-eyed. Funeral of Wing Commander D Vats, who lost his life recently in Majuli, Assam. Helicopter in which he was travelling crashed. Attending the funeral was his wife and their newly-born baby pic.twitter.com/uOkfRBvqBK— NANDAN PRATIM SHARMA BORDOLOI ?? (@NANDANPRATIM) February 23, 2018
An officer, a wife & a mother of 6 days old!— Apolina De (@apolina_de) February 22, 2018
Major Kumud Dogra bids adieu to her husband wing commander, Late. D.Vats who died in a flight crash in Majuli, #Assam.
I’m short of words. Little princess may you emerge strong & make your dad proud, as he made the whole #nation?? pic.twitter.com/1cfuvZYrq4
According to an NDTV report, the aircraft was a two-seater, one of the many small planes that the IAF maintains.
The crash, in Assam's Majuli island, is suspected to have taken place due to a technical fault. The other pilot killed was Wing Commander Jai Paul Singh.
Villagers, on the island, told authorities that they saw the aircraft go up in flames.
A court of inquiry has been asked to ascertain the cause.
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